Captive US Tigers

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USA – National Geographic

Captive tigers in the U.S. outnumber those in the wild. It's a problem.

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Their squawks echoed from inside the neat, ranch-style home, sounding more like parrots than tiger cubs. Then James Garretson carried Hulk into the living room, where the McCabe family waited on the couch. The kids giggled as he placed the squirming cub on nine-year-old Ariel’s lap and pushed a baby bottle into its mouth. “Hold the bottle, just like that. You got it?” She nodded.

Everyone beamed, fondling Hulk’s rough, striped fur as Garretson hovered nearby. The 12-week-old, cocker spaniel-size cat clutched the bottle in his oversize paws, sucking with wild enthusiasm. When the bottle was empty, the cub wandered onto the coffee table and swatted our photo gear.

Garretson lured him back with another bottle to give Ariel’s five-year-old brother, James, a turn. Then the rambunctious cub leaped off the sofa, grabbed me from behind, gripped my legs with surprising strength, and tore five-inch scratches into my thighs. He sank his claws in and held on. Garretson peeled him off, and all made light of it with nervous laughs. Playful. Just acting like a kitten.

 

Commentary

Next to China and Thailand the United States of America is displaying an absolute disrespect to tigers, an endangered animal.

This excellent article not only gives an insight of how tigers are abused but also how the black market is growing and growing, even with trade lines to Thailand and China.

#tiger #tigernews

USA Tigers

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United Kingdom – The Guardian

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There are more tigers in American gardens than there are left in the wild. Alex Hannaford meets the owners who live cheek by jowl with their pets, and also those ensuring the big cats are treated without cruelty.

t was the sort of headline impossible to scroll past: “Pot Smokers Find Caged Tiger in Abandoned Houston House, Weren’t Hallucinating: Police.” Last February, a group of people had snuck into a deserted house in Texas’s largest city to smoke marijuana when they stumbled upon a full-grown tiger in a cage – a cage secured by just a nylon strap and a screwdriver.

Sergeant Jason Alderete of Houston Police Department’s animal cruelty unit, later told a local TV station: “It wasn’t the effects of the drugs. There was an actual tiger!” The animal was given a name, Loki, and sent to an animal sanctuary in the country, run by the Humane Society of the United States. You’d be forgiven for thinking Loki’s experience was an isolated incident – it isn’t.

 
 

Commentary

USA is one of three countries of the axis of tiger evil. After China and Thailand, the US shows us time and time again how tigers and other big cats are being abused.

If President Donald Trump would have balls, he would create better circumstances for tigers (and other captive animals) in the USA.

Just to make America great again.

#tiger #tigernews

Starving tiger

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United Kingdom – Mail Online

Starving tigers found covered in excrement in tiny cages in lorry during exhausting transfer from Italy to Russian circus are recovering in Polish zoo after dramatic rescue operation.

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Nine stranded tigers who were found emaciated and dehydrated after they were shipped from Italy are slowly recovering thanks to two Polish zoos.

The tigers endured a gruelling journey through Europe last month during which a tenth feline died.

The big cats were found starving and covered in their own excrement in cages while being transported to a circus in Russia. 

But seven are now eating and have received vitamins and mineral salts at one of the zoos in Poznan, western Poland.

Commentary

Thanks to the care of Polish zoo keepers 9 out of 10 in Belarus stranded tigers are doing a bit better.

Last week 10 tigers were found in an Italian truck, on its way to Russian Dagestan. The tigers were neglected all the way, without food, and were in a terrible state, most of them without the will to live (with one tiger that died).

Now they are doing better and will eventually, after they regain their strength, be transported to Spain, where they can live the rest of their lives in a special facility of St. Aap, a Dutch rescue center.

Now it is also time to seek the for the answers to important questions:

– why does Italy have tiger breeding centers?
– who is responsible for treating 10 endangered animals this way?
– who is going to pay for the costs for the recovery?
– where will the ones responsible be trialed?

We’ll keep you updated.

[see the photos and videos in the original article]

#tiger #tigernews

 

Sundari tiger

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India – Odisha TV

One Year On, Tigress Sundari Still Leads A Caged Life.

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Even as one year has passed since Royal Bengal tigress Sundari was kept in an enclosure, the State Forest department is yet to take any decision for release of the captive big cat into the wild.

Sundari which was shifted to Odisha’s Satkosia Tiger Reserve from Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh under the first ever inter-State tiger translocation project in the country in August 2018 was relocated to an enclosure on November 6, 2018 after public outrage over reports of its attack on humans and animals.

Commentary

Sundari, the tigress that caused an uproar in villages around the area she lived, after attacking humans and animals, was taken from the wild one year ago.

To date nothing has changed. The State Forest Department is afraid to make a decision: either conservationists complain or villagers complain.

But time is running out for Sundari, still condemned to live her life in an enclosure.

#tiger #tigernews

Dead white tiger

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India – Odisha Times

White tiger ‘Subhranshu’ Dies At Odisha’s Nandankanan zoo

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Ailing white tiger ‘Subhranshu’ died at the Nandankanan Zoological Park in Odisha capital, today.

The animal was suffering from blood protozoan disease and undergoing treatment under the supervision of zoo veterinarians. However, it breathed its last around 10.15 am this morning. Autopsy will be conducted to ascertain the exact cause of death, zoo sources said.

The tiger had stopped food intake inside the feeding chamber since October 12. Subhranshu was born to Royal Bengal Tiger (RBT) Maneesh and white tigress Sneha on July 28, 2014. With the death of the tiger, the zoo now houses 12 male and 13 female tigers.

Commentary

While earlier reports told us there were worries about Subhranshu, a white tiger in the Nandankan Zoological Park in Oshisha (India), we learned now that the tiger died.

It stopped eating since October 12 and was suffering from a blood disease.

#tiger #tigernews

Topeka tiger zoo cub

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USA – WIBW

Topeka tiger cubs turns one year old.

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The Topeka’s Sumatran tiger cubs turn one year old this weekend. The extremely rare cubs birthday is a very special occasion for the zoo.

Activities began this morning at the zoo and ended with a behind the scenes tour of the tiger building.

The community had the chance to step up close and see how they live outside the zoo.

Commentary

Zoos use a protocol to get the most publicity (=visitors) out of tiger cubs.

It starts with the pregnancy of the mother, than the labour, followed by the birth. After the birth the medical check-up is news, just like the moment they can decide the sexe. After 3 months it’s a new moment to tell the crowd they are doing fine and then after one year is the last moment to use the cubs as a magnet for visitors.

All these moments are used for press releases, invites for (local) journalists and special activities.

After one year the cubs are almost grown and not (extra) interesting anymore.

#tiger #tigernews

Canadian tiger pets

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Canada – News Optimist

3,600 lions and tigers being kept as pets in Canada.

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Wild cats are fascinating creatures, from afar. But according to a new survey, more than 3,600 lions and tigers are estimated to be kept as pets in Canada. In fact, 1.4 million exotic pets are estimated to exist in the country including Burmese pythons and African grey parrots.

These new data show a harsh reality for exotic animals facing a life in captivity. And it’s all legal. For example, if you’re in Ontario, your neighbour could have a tiger and you may not even know it.

Commentary

A survey of World Animal Protection in Canada shows that Canadian citizens have 3,600 tigers and lions as pets.

It is time to change this Canada!

#tiger #tigernews

Airbnb

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USA – Peta

Big News! Airbnb Experiences Ban SeaWorld, Elephant Rides, Tiger Cub Petting, More.

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After working with PETA, international hospitality company Airbnb announced the launch of new policy guidelines governing its Animal Experiences, which ban direct-contact activities that abuse and exploit wild animals!

Airbnb Experiences are bookable tours and activities, designed and led by local experts. While Airbnb has excluded elephant rides from its tourism experiences for some time now, the new policy prohibits other encounters that cause animals harm, such as swimming with dolphins and photo ops with tiger cubs.

Commentary

Peta has worked together with Airbnb to make new guidelines.

These guidelines mean that Airbnb will ban direct-contact activities that abuse and exploit wild animals!

Another big step!

#tiger #tigernews

Ming the tiger

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USA – MSN News

Ming, Tiger Famously Found In NYC Apartment In 2003, Dies At Animal Sanctuary.

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The tiger who earned his stripes in New York City folklore has died.

Ming the tiger gained fame when he was discovered living inside Harlem’s Drew Hamilton Houses in 2003.

Ming had injured his owner, tipping authorities off to his unusual living arrangements.

The giant cat was removed from his Big Apple apartment and spent the last 15 years at an animal sanctuary in Ohio.

 

Commentary

15 years ago Ming, a grown up tiger, was held as a pet in a tiny apartment in Harlem, New York.

New York is now one of the states in the USA that prohibits tigers as pets.

15 years ago Ming injured his owner and was brought to a sanctuary in Ohio, where he died of natural causes.

This already happened in February but news about it was just released.

#tiger #tigernews

Toma Amur tiger

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USA – New York Business Journal

Toma, The Tiger, Dies At Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

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Toma, a male Amur tiger at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, has died at age 18, the zoo announced Tuesday in a Facebook post.

Toma was the oldest living male Amur tiger in human care and had previously survived cancer treatment, the Syracuse zoo said.

Commentary

Toma was the oldest Amur tiger in captivity in the world and was euthanized on orders of the management of the zoo in New York (USA), a state where euthanising humans is not allowed.

Zoos see tigers as moneymakers. They attract more people than any other animal. Most of the times the management of zoos makes their audience believe that tigers are in zoos because of a ‘survival” plan, which is highly questionable as there are better ways for tigers to create this.

Ted Fox, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo director, said the zoo will acquire another pair of Amur tigers and continue to participate in the species survival plan in the future.

What he really means is that they need another tiger to attract people to the zoo again.

#tiger #tigernews

Delhi zoo tiger

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India – Indian Express

Delhi: Zookeeper Attacked While Trying To Give Water To Royal Bengal Tiger

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A 50-year-old zookeeper at the National Zoological Park was attacked by an eight-year-old Royal Bengal tiger early Tuesday morning, said zoo officials.

The incident took place around 4 am when zookeeper Fateh Singh and a contractual labourer went to give water to Rama, the tiger.

“The tiger has been unwell since July and the zookeepers routinely visit it to keep an eye on the animal and give it water or food. At 4 am, when Singh went to check on it, Rama suddenly snapped and hit him on his right hand with its front paw from inside the cage,” said a source at the zoo.

Commentary

Another incident at the Delhi zoo – now a tiger attacks a zoo keeper who almost lost two fingers.

The excuse is that he brought water.

But how is it possible there is a direct contact with a lethal animal?

The big question is when this zoo is being closed down, because of the many incidents and breaches of protocols.

#tiger #tigernews

Elmwood park zoo tiger

A Montgomery County zoo will be adding an exhibit for the largest cat in the world after receiving a donation from a garbage collection service. The Elmwood Park Zoo announced Thursday the J.P. Mascaro & Sons Foundation donated $2 million for the addition of a brand new Amur tiger exhibit.

Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers, are the largest cats in the world and are a highly threatened species.

The Elmwood Park Zoo says the tigers can still be found in parts of the forest in eastern Russia, parts of China, and possibly North Korea.

China tigers

China is using cutting-edge technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data to monitor endangered Amur tigers and leopards, experts said at the International Forum on Tiger and Leopard Transboundary Conservation in Harbin, Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province on Sunday.

“Infrared cameras, AI and big data have helped us improve the establishment of a database of Amur tigers and leopards,” Jiang Guangshun, a deputy director of the Natural Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA), said at the forum.

“For example, the infrared camera can detect the tiger, and then AI will help analyze the tiger species, the weight and height, which will be marked in the database.”

Jiang noted the number of Amur tigers and leopards is increasing under the protection of China.

Baraboo tiger

Circus World tiger trainer Ryan Holder plans to introduce two new members of his family this weekend at his second annual after-hours fundraiser to help protect wild tigers.

Born in a United States zoo, two 8-month-old female tigers have joined the eight other cats in Holder’s ShowMe Tigers “family.”

They will make their public debut during “An Evening with Tigers” Saturday at Baraboo’s circus museum in celebration of Global Tiger Day. Tickets to the event are $50 apiece, with all of the proceeds donated to the International Elephant Foundation for its patrolling activities in Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia, Holder said.

Dead Malayan tiger

The Malayan tiger captured in a village in Dungun, Terengganu after it was spotted strolling casually has died from the canine distemper virus, the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) said today.

In a statement, the department said the tiger, named Awang Besul, sported injuries to its legs and an eye infection. It was also dehydrated when it was captured.

The Malayan Tiger was transferred to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre (NWRC) in Sungkai, for intensive treatment from Perhilitan’s veterinary doctor, and was quarantined.

“Observations at the NWRC between July 20 to July 23 show neurological symptoms. It was not aggressive, walking in circles, experienced seizures and had nasal discharge.

“After various efforts to treat and save Awang Besul, we are saddened to inform that at 5.30am, Awang Besul was confirmed dead at the NWRC by Perhilitan’s veterinary doctor, and a post-mortem would be conducted soon,” said Perhilitan.

tiger Six flags

Over the past twelve years, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson has imported dozens of animals, from antelopes to tigers to zebras, sometimes through donation and sometimes through outright purchase, to support its popular safari.

But at least nine of those imports may have been illegal, according to federal communications and records, because the park operated without a valid Captive Bred Wildlife (CBW) permit.

A CBW permit is required for the interstate trade of exotic animals listed as endangered or threatened in the wild, and born in captivity in the United States, according to David Favre, who teaches animal law at Michigan State University. The permit, issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act, allows the park to specifically buy and sell African elephants, Siberian tigers and red lechwes, a type of antelope known for their long, spiraled horns, as long as the trade is done for the survival of the species.

Yet there appears to be a gaping hole in the park’s permit history: Federal records show no evidence of any CBW permit on file since 2007. The last permit on file for Six Flags expired in 2007, according to separate state records.

Ice treats tigers

As a sweltering heat bore down on the Chicago area last week, Brookfield Zoo gave some of its residents what were essentially animal-sized versions of freeze pops to help them keep cool.

The biggest treats went to the zoo’s polar and grizzly bears, who received massive 300-pound blocks of ice filled with a variety of fruit. Animal care staff also provided icy treats to the zoo’s sloth bears, an Amur tiger and a rhinoceros.

Perhilitan tiger director

The 40ha National Tiger Conservation Centre (NTCC) in Lanchang, Pahang, is scheduled for completion and will begin operations by the end of the year.

Wildlife Protection and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) director-general Datuk Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim said the RM15 million centre, located near the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, was 90 per cent completed.

“According to plans, tigers in animal-human conflict that are caught will be taken to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre (NWRC) in Sungkai, Perak, first to be treated, before they are transferred to NTCC prior to being returned to their natural habitat,” he said after a public lecture on managing wildlife at University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) here.

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